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One Church, One Family

23 Jul

Yesterday I sat down with Ryan Hyatt and we discussed the story in Thursday’s AJ about St. Luke’s Southwest helping a local family out. If you haven’t read the story, then I encourage you to do so by clicking on the link.

Before I go on, I want to say that I’m not anti-mission trips. I’m fine with churches sending people overseas or even across the country to do mission work. However, I think sometimes churches miss the need that is in our own city. Many churches in Lubbock go out in the community and serve and I’m proud to be a member of one of those churches, but I think we can all do more.

This morning I issued a challenge to the churches in the Lubbock area. Find a local family and help. St. Luke’s went to Frenship ISD and asked if there were any families that needed help. What if all the churches in Lubbock went out and found a family that was in need? Many churches could find more than one family and Lubbock could see well over 200 families served by the churches right here in Lubbock. Oh and that’s if you only go out and find a family once a year.

Now, I know that not every church can raise $20,000 to buy a family a new mobile home. But, can a church find a family who needs new paint on their home? Can’t we find a family who needs simple repairs done? School is starting soon, and I’m sure a church can raise enough money to take kids to get new clothes. It doesn’t have to be expensive.

There are families in need here in Lubbock. Why not step up and help them? As we were discussing this yesterday Ryan recalled a conversation he had with a friend years ago when the friend was heading out of the city to help with homes somewhere else. Ryan asked how many homes that needed help here did you drive by to get out of town? Something to think about.

If you are reading this blog, why not step up to the challenge? Go to your church and mention this. Tell your churches that you should go help a family in need here in Lubbock. It might just go a long way in making this a better city.

MOST AMERICANS ARE CONSERVATIVES, BUT NO PARTY TO GO TO.

15 Jun

A new Gallup poll is out and it claims that 40% of Americans identify themselves as conservative. Only 21% view themselves as Liberals. 35% of America is moderate. What’s interesting about the study is that 22% of Democrats consider themselves conservative.

The GOP would have a great chance of taking the house back and in a few years taking back the White House, but they have to find someone who is Conservative and get on message. The GOP also needs to define how conservative they are going to be. Maybe each of the candidates needs to write an essay called, “What Being A Conservative Means To Me”.

Here’s a link to the Gallup poll (link)

LUBBOCK CITY HALL NEEDS TO GET IT TOGETHER

5 Jun

Last night the City Planing and Zoning Comission voted 8-0 on new zoning restrictions. In large shopping centers the stores can be any size they want. In other locations they will be limited to 8,750 sq.ft. which is up from the original 3,000. I’m fine with these changes and I think most people will be as well.

The problem I have is with City Hall. Who exactly screwed this thing up? According to Thursday’s AJ, the owner of Pinkies went to Mayor Tom Martin in DECEMBER, EARLY DECEMBER, about this very issue. Martin got ticked and it seems like he refused to sit down at the table with Pinkies. Here’s part of the AJ’s story:

But Majestic Liquor Stores Inc. and Pinkie’s Inc. argued Lubbock violated state laws by setting stricter rules for businesses that sold alcohol than Texas allows.
Pinkie’s representatives said as much in early December, when the city gave final passage to the ordinance and the retailer warned they could “challenge” the size requirements council members eventually passed for the predominant retail zone throughout the city.
The warning frustrated Mayor Tom Martin, who opposed allowing the city’s ordinances on alcohol to fall apart like building restrictions in North Overton before the modern redevelopment project.
“I’m sick of this,” Martin said. “Somebody’s been going around trying to lobby for the whiskey zoning all over town, like we need to have it on every street corner.

That last quote sounds like something a member of TAAS would say, but remember the Mayor didn’t take a side. If Pinkies went to the Mayor in December about this very issue, why did he not listen? This could have been settled long before the election.

Now, lets take a look at what Randy Henson, the chief planner has to say about the Law in the AJ today. Remember the comission passed the new zoning last night.

Package stores could not compete in the same areas as grocery stores, which can soon legally sell beer and wine, under the ordinances, Majestic Liquor Stores Inc. and Pinkie’s Liquor argued in a lawsuit seeking the order.
The retailers’ filing also opposed size restrictions placed on alcohol stores not imposed on other businesses.
City attorneys agreed the objection had merit and will spend the summer changing their ordinances to comply with Texas law.


“It’s about the clearest piece of state law I have ever seen,” Henson said.

So it’s clear today, but in December it wasn’t? If it’s so clear then why did the planing and zoning comission and the City Council BOTH pass these regulations? Why did the Council pass something that was against the law?

I also don’t like the fact that the Mayor seems to be inviting lawsuits over this issue. Remember folks, if the City is sued, then YOUR tax dollars will be used. Shouldn’t the Mayor be saying that this is it and should result in NO lawsuits? It seems like everytime a mic is put in front of him lately he talks about “possible lawsuits”. This from KCBD:

Mayor Tom Martin says regardless of what the council decides there’s nothing stopping anyone from filing a lawsuit. “Whatever the council decides still could be challenged by this group of plaintiffs or any other group of plaintiffs. Hate to say it but, it’s almost a never ending battle because anyone who feels a grief can go pay their few dollars to file a suit. There is no magic bullet,” says Mayor Martin.

Mr. Mayor, many cities have gone through this and they can do it without lawsuits and without their Mayor thinking there might possible be a lawsuit. Why can’t Lubbock?

Someone is to blame for this issue continuing and the longer it takes, the worse it looks for City Hall. So who is to blame? I’m not sure exactly who and maybe (probably) there is more than one person to blame. Could it be that someone is deliberately holding up the process because of their own personal views on alcohol sales?

Another question to ask is, if the Council and Zoning comission folks knowingly voted on zoning that was against the law which meant putting a hold on the process, should they still be around?

Just a few things to think about. Leave your comments.

DEMOCRATS SET THEIR SIGHTS ON TEXAS

2 Jun

During the past Presidential election I said many times that by 2016 I believe Texas will be THE swing state in the U.S. and it appears as though I’m not the only one. Just look at the major cities in Texas and how they are turning even more blue every election.

DNC Chairman, Tim Kaine, announced today that the Fall DNC meeting will be held in Texas. So is Texas the next Virginia, only a much bigger prize? Here is the story from CNN:

(CNN) — Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine appears to have his eyes set on Texas, announcing Monday the organization’s fall meeting will be held in the Lone Star state.

“Not only is Texas a great, beautiful and diverse state, it represents a tremendous growth opportunity for the Democratic Party,” Kaine wrote in an e-mail to DNC supporters.

Now, some might find that notion odd given Texas’s traditionally conservative bent and its recent history of supporting Republican candidates for elective office,” Kaine continued. “But I don’t find it odd at all — and in fact, I am more convinced than ever that Texas is trending our way and will continue to do so.”

Obama lost to Republican presidential candidate John McCain by 11 percentage points and close to 1 million votes. Still, that margin is less than more than half of what it was when the state’s favored son George W. Bush was on the presidential ballot.

In his letter Monday, Kaine specifically cited Texas’ large Hispanic organization and the grassroots infrastructure put in place by the Obama campaign in 2008 as reasons the traditionally-considered red state may turn blue.

“In so many ways, I believe Texas is poised to move towards our column, just as Virginia has,” Kaine said.

Dear Friend:
It’s time to announce the location of the DNC Fall Meeting, scheduled for September 10th – 12th, 2009. I’m excited to be the first to tell you that this year’s meeting will be in Austin, Texas. In a phrase, we are Lone Star State bound!

Of course, as you know, not only is Texas a great, beautiful and diverse state, it represents a tremendous growth opportunity for the Democratic Party. Now, some might find that notion odd given Texas’s traditionally conservative bent and its recent history of supporting Republican candidates for elective office. But I don’t find it odd at all — and in fact, I am more convinced than ever that Texas is trending our way and will continue to do so.

It wasn’t that long ago — less than 10 years, in fact — that Virginia was considered just as strong a lock for the Republicans as Texas has been. In Virginia, we had Republican Governors, Republican U.S. Senators and a strong Republican majority in our Congressional delegation and state legislature. And we didn’t merit any attention from Presidential candidates during general elections because no Democratic candidate since Lyndon Johnson had won Virginia’s electoral votes.

Today? I’m the second consecutive Democrat to serve as Governor of Virginia, we took back the State Senate and have reached near parity in the House of Delegates. Both of our U.S. Senators are Democrats, and Democrats are the majority of our U.S. House delegation. And of course, in November, Barack Obama became the first Democratic Presidential candidate since 1964 to carry the Old Dominion.

In so many ways, I believe Texas is poised to move towards our column, just as Virginia has. Texas is an increasingly diverse state with a burgeoning and politically active Hispanic population that went strongly for Barack Obama in 2008. And, as a result of investments made by my predecessor, the commitments we’ve made, and the hard work of the Texas Democratic Party — which has done an outstanding job rebuilding the party, attracting good candidates, and expanding our reach — we have a strong and growing Democratic Party infrastructure. Add to that the significant investments we plan to make in Texas through Organizing for America (OFA), and the work OFA will be doing in communities across the state in support of the President’s important and popular agenda, and we have every reason to feel bullish about our chances in Texas. Exciting things are possible because we believe every single state on the map is important.

Of course, it’s also a very exciting time for us to meet because of what Democrats have accomplished electorally in the past year and because of what the President — with our support — has accomplished during his first few, short months in office.

President Obama was elected on a mandate for change. Because of his victory last November and Democrats’ relentless work to make the change he promised during the campaign a reality, women will finally receive equal pay for equal work, four million additional children have access to health care through the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and a historic economic recovery package is putting Americans back to work. And of course, by the time we meet the Senate should have confirmed the President’s historic choice, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, for the Supreme Court.

I look forward to seeing you in Austin on September 10th at this historic time for our party and the DNC. Austin is a world-renowned destination — a truly wonderful city — and I know we’ll all have a great time. Information about making a reservation can be found below, and if you have any questions whatsoever please don’t hesitate to contact XXXXXX at XXXXX or XXXXX, or the Secretary’s Office at XXXXX.

Hope to see you there,

Governor Tim Kaine
Chairman

SOME STILL DON’T GET IT

12 May

Lubbock County is now wet thanks to the voters and also to the Chamber for getting the ball rolling on a petition drive. From day one I was pro-vote and pro-sales, and I never tried to hide the fact that I felt that way. To some this was a problem and all of a sudden I became an outspoken activist. The problem is, the people who thought that way obviously have no idea what my philosophy is when it comes to radio.

There are many different types of radio show hosts. Some depend solely on callers and giveaways while others hardly ever take calls and really don’t care about your opinion. Other shows take calls when they can and hopefully the callers can mesh with the show. Personally, I like taking calls if they are on topic and the caller can bring something to the show. Hopefully you, the caller, can bring a new idea and some insight into what we are talking about.

Now, alcohol sales in Lubbock. Yes, I was for it and very happy that it passed. Was I harsh to the TAAS people? Possibly at times, sure, but at the end of the day it’s politics and that’s what happens. I saw a group that told people they were trying to represent the moral and religious part of the community, yet at times they lied and deceived people. I was called a “drunk” and an “outspoken activist” by one Baptist minister in town and I had never met this person. I wasn’t surprised though, I knew the stance I took on the election would be unpopular to some, but I don’t do a show that is meant to be fair and nice to everyone. I don’t always want everyone to agree with me. I was even told by people in our company that there was no way I could win with people. I disagree.

Lubbock’s First News and The Chad Hasty Show were the 2 most outspoken shows in Lubbock when it came to this issue. My goal is to provide an entertaining, thought provoking radio show that debates ALL the issues. Some shows tried to skate around the election, but not me. LFN and The Chad Hasty Show will always talk about the issues that matter, and it doesn’t matter how controversial the topics are. Sure, I might have made some of listeners mad by taking a stand, but anytime a host takes a stand on an issue someone is going to disagree with you. Last week the AJ didn’t endorse either side of the alcohol debate and in my opinion, any local media outlet that didn’t sound off on this issue lost credibility. LFN showed that we aren’t afraid to discuss the issues and I can tell you right now that we will continue to bring you blunt, honest opinions and take yours as well. Something you should also remember, I don’t have to be fair. Sure the name of the program has the word “news” in it, but it’s not a news show. It’s an opinion show.

There are some who say that to them this wasn’t an important issue. I don’t buy that. If you live in Lubbock County, than this election effected you and every election is important. Some say we spent too much time talking about the election. I don’t agree. This was one of the biggest elections for Lubbock County in years. This election split people, churches, friends and neighbors. How could this not have been big news? How could I just ignore it?

I wasn’t an out spoken activist for the FOR side in the election. I am the host of 2 radio shows that aren’t afraid to talk about the issues that matter. I don’t regreat a word I said during the election. I provided entertainment, opinion, and information, oh and we provided a place for you the listener to either agree or disagree with us. Oh, and just incase you forgot, 64% of people agreed with at least some of what I was saying.

Yes, the FOR side won, but so did we. LFN and The Chad Hasty Show won because we weren’t afraid to talk about this and I wasn’t afraid to take the heat from some people out in the community and some within my own building. I gave my opinion and so did many others. It just goes to show that LFN is the show to listen to for REAL opinions on ALL the issues. We will continue to do it no matter how unpopular it may seem to some people. LFN will continue to entertain, inform, and give you a chance to voice your opinion. THAT’S my philosophy. It’s also the reason why LFN and The Chad Hasty Show continue to grow and get more listeners. It’s the reason why LFN is the number 1 morning talk show.

As always, thank you for listening. Now it’s time for Lubbock to move on and focus on the next fight.

Celibacy and the Church: Alberto Cutié

12 May

The following is from LFN intern Toni:

On May 7th breaking news broke out about a popular Miami Beach priest, Alberto Cutié, being caught in a scandal as a swarm of paparazzi snap very incriminating photos. Once again I am reading a story that deals with some allegation involving the Roman Catholic Church.

Cutié, pronounced koo-tee-AY, took an oath on celibacy but during the course of three days, he was caught in hypocrisy as pictures found him with an attractive woman kissing at a bar. One photo even reveals the over friendly priest with wandering hands fondling this mystery woman’s rear end.

It is understandable that Cutié was partaking in affection that is purely human impulse but what is baffling is that this affair was ongoing for two years. Cutié has spoken on CBS’ Early Show and was ‘deeply’ apologetic but is he only apologetic because he got caught by a Spanish tabloid? If these pictures were not made public, would Cutié still be hiding this romantic relationship while breaking the oath that he took more than 22 years ago? He has been dubbed ‘Father Oprah’ because of the attention and impact he provided for the Spanish community but now he is unsure of his future as he stepped down as president from his 24 hour Catholic radio station and is no longer the head of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.

In order to serve God in the Catholic Church, priests take a vow of celibacy which suggests that these men are “the bride of Christ” which eliminates any form of sexual conduct. The purpose of this oath is that it allows complete dedication to God and the Church with no distractions. This policy has been unchanged for the past 900 years but of course it has sparked several debates on whether or not this rule should be changed to keep up with modern times.

Evidently, Cutié was unable to uphold that promise. The Catholics have spent quite a few decades being surrounded in sexual abuse, parish embezzlement and doctrinal intolerance.

It is saddening to know that the catholic clergy deny communion to gays, divorcees, and anyone who violates the litany of “non-negotiable” rules and then pick up a newspaper and read plots to conceal evidence, moving offending priests from parish to parish rather than having them permanently removed from priesthood, and failure to report any criminal acts. Often times I wonder, when the Catholic Church will run out of the millions they keep spending to suppress bad press?

What other headlining news pertaining to the Catholic Church will we see later this year?

The Catholic Church has some serious thinking to do on this debate involving clerical celibacy because this concept seems to be collapsing rapidly.

According to the interview he gave with the Early Show, Cutié believes celibacy should be optional and seemed remorseful for having breaking it… only after he was caught.

TVnotas was the magazine that printed the photos with about two dozen images taken of the Popular Priest.

SCRIPTURES ON DRINKING

10 Apr

Thanks to a listener for finding this: (link)

Matt. 26:27,29; Mark 14:23,25; Luke 22:17-18; 1 Cor. 11:25-27 – Jesus instituted the Eucharist using wine and commanded us to “do this in remembrance of me.” We know that Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the Jewish seder meal, which required the use of wine. Yet some Protestant churches forbid drinking wine. Such a prohibition is not based on the Scriptures.

Luke 7:33-34 – God the Son drank wine and was accused of being a drunk. Are those Protestant churches that forbid the drinking of wine doing the same?

John 2:1-11 – Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine which was drunk at the wedding at Cana. Wine is a symbol of the life of the Church, in both the Eucharist and, here, the sanctification of the sacrament of marriage. Verse 10 also indicates that the people drank enough wine at the feast to the point that they might not have recognized good wine from bad wine. Yet Jesus creates for them more wine to drink.

1 Tim. 5:23 – Paul tells Timothy to drink not just water, but a little wine for the sake of his stomach and frequent ailments. If Paul under divine inspiration encourages the drinking of wine, why do some Protestant churches prohibit it?

Gen. 14:18 – Melchizedek offers a bread and wine sacrifice, and Jesus is the Priest in the same manner. Heb. 5:6,10; 6:20; 7:15,17.

Gen. 27:25 – Isaac brought Jacob wine, and he drank, with God’s favor.

Neh. 8:10 – Nehemiah commands the faithful to drink sweet wine to celebrate the Lord and His holy day.

Psalm 104:15 – the Psalmist writes that “wine gladdens the heart of a man.” God gave us the fruit of the vine to enjoy.

Ecclesiastes 9:7 – “drink your wine with a merry heart, for God approves what you do.”

Wisdom 2:7 – “Let us take our fill of costly wine and perfumes!”

Sir. 31:25-28 – “Wine is like life if drunk in moderation.” God created wine to make us glad, so we rejoice in heart, and have gladness of soul.

Sir. 40:20 – “Wine gladdens the heart.”

Isaiah 25:6 – God will provide a feast of rich foods and choice wines.

Amos 9:14 – God declares that His people shall plant their vineyards and drink their wine.

Zech. 10:7 – God says that when He saves His people, their hearts shall be glad as with wine.

2 Mac. 15:39 – this verse also describes the pleasure of drinking wine. The point is that all God made is good, and we are called to enjoy His good gifts, including drinking wine, as long as we do so in moderation. And while we drink in moderation, the miracle that Jesus performed at the wedding feast at Cana suggests that we can have a second glass!

TAAS CAUGHT PHOTOSHOPPING!

8 Apr

More and more lies are now coming out about that Flyer of Fear that the TAAS PAC sent out. You know that Liqour store that’s pictured in the flyer? The one Mr. O’Hair said was taken in Wolfforth? Well, he was lying 100%. In fact, TAAS photoshopped that picture. Here is their picture:

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AND HERE ARE THE TWO PICTURES I (CHAD HASTY) TOOK THIS MORNING. THESE ARE THE NON PHOTOSHOPPED PICS:

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MORE TO COME ON THIS ISSUE….

ALLEGED: TRUTH ABOUT ALCOHOL SALES CAUGHT IN LIES!

2 Apr

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ANTI-ALCOHOL PAC, TRUTH ABOUT ALCOHOL SALES (TAAS) ALLEGDLY  SPREADING LIES AND USING SCARE TACTICS

During Lubbock’s First News this morning I received a press release from a source close to Lubbock County Wins claiming TAAS is using scare tactics and lies while calling people in Lubbock regarding the upcoming alcohol election. Here is a portion of that release and be sure to stay tuned to 790 KFYO for the latest. We will also be talking about this on Friday’s LFN.

Information left on the answer machines by TAAS representatives’ states that the upcoming alcohol election will allow “packaged liquor sales in our drug stores and grocery stores”.  A simple check of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission website will confirm that nowhere in Texas is it legal to purchase liquor in drug stores or grocery stores. That hasn’t stopped the Truth About Alcohol Sales committee. One of our supporters recorded this call from a TAAS representative.

“I’m with the TAAS PAC, and we are canvassing to see about the upcoming election for putting package liquor in our drug stores, our grocery stores, etc.  If that election were tomorrow would you vote against putting these package liquor goods in our grocery stores and where it can be equally picked up by children, or adults, or young adults and uh, or would you be for putting it in there. But I can’t get an answer on the phone. Thank you, we will call again later.”

Not only is this information inaccurate, but making this statement may be against the law.  Texas Election Code Sec. 501.029 states it is a Class B Misdemeanor offense to “misrepresent the purpose or the effect of the petition”.  Neither the purpose nor the effect of the petitions signed, and the elections called, by Lubbock County voters will result in liquor sales in grocery or drug stores.

KFYO’s Rex Andrew is following this story and will have more during KFYO News and online at kfyo.com




GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR IS OVER!

24 Mar

Congrats America! The Global War on Terror is now over! Well…kinda, instead it will be called the “Overseas Contingency Operation”.  Seriously. Here’s the story: (link)

The End of the Global War on Terror
Updated 4:58 p.m. 3/24/09
By Al Kamen
The end of the Global War on Terror — or at least the use of that phrase — has been codified at the Pentagon. Reports that the phrase was being retired have been circulating for some time amongst senior administration officials, and this morning speechwriters and other staff were notified via this e-mail to use “Overseas Contingency Operation” instead.

“Recently, in a LtGen [John] Bergman, USMC, statement for the 25 March [congressional] hearing, OMB required that the following change be made before going to the Hill,” Dave Riedel, of the Office of Security Review, wrote in an e-mail.

“OMB says: ‘This Administration prefers to avoid using the term “Long War” or “Global War on Terror” [GWOT]. Please use “Overseas Contingency Operation.'”

Riedel asked recipients to “Please pass on to your speech writers and try to catch this change before the statements make it to OMB.”

An OMB spokesman took issue with the interpretation of OMB’s wishes. “There was no memo, no guidance,” said Kenneth Baer. “This is the opinion of a career civil servant.”

Referring to the phrase “global war on terror,” Baer said, “I have no reason to believe that would be stricken” from Hill testimony.

By way of history, senior Bush administration officials several years ago wanted to stop using the phrase and switch to something many felt might better reflect the realities of the fight against international terrorism.

One leading option was to change the name to GSAVE, or Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism. This was not as catchy an acronym as GWOT, but officials felt it more accurately described the battle.Then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld even used the GSAVE abbreviation publicly.

But, in a White House meeting, President Bush ruled that it was still a war for him, and Rumsfeld and everyone else went back to GWOT.